By Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist
In a recent blog, “Lessons from Irma for Weathering Life’s Storms,” we discussed the many ways to help sustain our inner world when storms crop up creating crisis in our external environment.
As you may recall, with Hurricane Irma’s impending arrival, I evacuated within a small window of opportunity, northward and inland from my home on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Given the short time frame, and the need to travel lightly, I only brought with me what felt most necessary for sustaining life away from home, and for starting over should my home be irretrievably impacted. Fortunately, the worst did not come to pass.
When weathering life’s storms, aromatherapy can play a significant supporting role in helping you get through. It can be especially profound for our mental and emotional states as we navigate the uncertain road ahead. You may be wondering what I brought along from my aromatherapy stock and supplies. I promised to answer that question here in its own blog and the answers may surprise you.
As an aromatherapy practitioner, with professional training, I have a large stock of essential oils and extracts. Part of my role is not only to create synergies, but also to blend on demand to support what is needed to help bring balance to mind, body and spirit.
Like you, I treasure my supply and the role each and every aromatic essence plays in supporting our wellness. I also trust my instinct and ability to create restorative remedies. But, when push came to shove, I had two hours and 2 suitcases to take what I needed overall from my home on the road.
What to take from my aromatherapy stash to support myself and others? With the clock ticking down, there was no way to bring everything. And, bringing everything would not only bog me down, it wouldn’t be beneficial.
When you are experiencing crisis, it can leave you feeling drained and stressed. And, with so many details to handle, it can make it hard to focus. If you are also on the road and on the run, recalling your well worn recipes under duress can be difficult. And, the possibility of no power could create a recipe for disaster.
One of the items getting carried into the car was a standard, portable First Aid Kit with bandages and other supplies. That inspired me to create a companion Aromatherapy Life Crisis Kit unique to this situation.
And, it was imperative that I keep it simple.
I created this Aromatherapy Life Crisis Kit to support the uniques needs and uncertainties for this particular situation. I did not know if we would make it all the way to Atlanta, or how long it would take. I didn’t know what conditions we would find on the road, or what the weather conditions would be along the way and after we arrived. I didn’t know how long I would be away. What I did know was these selections would allow me to support most situations for myself and others as the needs arose.
Neutral Carriers for Blending
4 oz Organic Healing Balm
4 oz Neutral Grain Alcohol (Everclear) 151 Proof
Containers and Other Supplies
1 oz PET Plastic bottles
1 oz PET Plastic jars
These are the synergies I chose especially to help soothe mind and body. While I packed these synergies specific to this situation, in general, these selections could support the stressors brought by many of life’s storms. Just be sure you are familiar with any cautions the synergies might carry and any contraindications you or others may have due to your unique health situations. Note: If you have children, you could substitute KidSafe synergies for use for both the little ones and adults alike.
You may note that some of these synergies may overlap slightly in the type of support they offer. I wanted a choice of options for myself and others not knowing which might work best in unknown situations, as well as the option to rotate.
Blues Buster ™ — to uplift my mood and support my emotional wellbeing
Brain Aid ™ — to help clear brain fog when I needed to focus
Citrus Burst ™ — uplifting and refreshing to the senses and the air
DiGiZen ™ — for an upset tummy when life has you outside of your nourishing norms
Germ Fighter® — when life has knocked you off base, your immune system needs support from seasonal threats
Invigor Aid ™ — help for fighting fatigue from sleepless night and relentless tension
Let It Go ™ — because sometimes you literally have to lock the door, leave your life behind, and go
Meditation ™ — to calm the conscious mind and clear the way for contemplation
Muscle Aid ™ — to soothe those sore, achy muscles that come from over exertion
Rapid Relief ™ — to reduce the perception of pain when your body feels wrecked
Relax ™ — for both body and mind even in the midst of chaos
Sleep Aid ™ — just a little extra support to slip into slumber
Tension Relief ™ — to tackle tension around the head and neck
Tranquil ™ — to help reduce a sense of anxiousness
Worry Free ™ — to calm, comfort and help reduce nervous tension
All items were placed in self-sealing plastic bags, and then, inside an insulated, soft sided portable cooler for ease in carrying and in case we hit heavy rains or flooding. This also created a place for everything and having everything in its own place so I could easily access what I needed time and again while my mind was in a muddle.
May your own journey be smooth sailing. Should you find yourself weathering a life storm, I hope you may take inspiration for creating your own Aromatherapy Life Crisis Kit unique for your own needs.